- What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
- What gave you the idea for a Walker series?
- Where did Abby's character spring from?
- Where did Lucy's character spring from?
- As a mother of young children, how do you find time to write?
- What is your writing process?
- Which books or series do you think compare best to the Walker Saga?
- If your Walker Saga was made into a movie, who would you choose for the starring roles?
- What drew you in to the romance genre?
- Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
- Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
- What do you do to help with writers block?
- If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
- If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
First World – book 1 of my Walker Saga. I wanted to create something that incorporated all of the aspects I love in a series. Kick-ass heroine, hot alpha males, soul mates, crazy and new fantasy creatures, new worlds, epic battles and a race to save the worlds.
What gave you the idea for a Walker series?
I have always loved science fiction and fantasy books, but hated getting overwhelmed with all the complicated terms and worlds. Not to mention the long and unmentionable names for everything. I would constantly find myself going back to try and remember who had that name and what world we were on. Some very talented authors have created absolutely incredible worlds, but I wanted to try it from a YA perspective.
For a long time I had this story and worlds in my head, it would keep me awake at night as I planned them out. My whole aim was to still combine all the wonders of fantasy and creating worlds but without so much of the technicality. For those of us who like lighter reads.
Where did Abby's character spring from?
She was in my head from the start demanding I tell her story. She thinks it’s pretty interesting actually. I love her optimistic toughness, her love for her friends and family, her snarkiness and the way she doesn’t take crap from anyone. She strong and the perfect person to take on the Seventine. But she’s also not perfect, she will have to grow and learn and change.
Where did Lucy's character spring from?
She started at Abby’s best friend/sidekick. But there is much more to Lucy. She is special in ways no one anticipated and her role will be very important. Let’s just say the girls were drawn together for a reason.
As a mother of young children, how do you find time to write?
Haha oh gosh, it is tough. My children are my number one priority (yes, Abby, I am sorry to say you have to take second place), so at the moment while they are so small I basically squish writing in when they are asleep. It does make it difficult to try and get my stories out before people want to kill me for the cliffhangers. But so far I’ve managed to precariously balance both worlds (don’t ask my husband what he thinks of my time management).
What is your writing process?
I have a basic outline of each book and then an overall plan for the series, but other than that I simply sit down and let my characters tell their story. I write from the start of a book to the finish, even though I know some authors write different chapters at different times (i.e starting with chapter 8 because it’s clear in their mind) I can not do that, I have to follow the story along and see the character development.
Which books or series do you think compare best to the Walker Saga?
That’s tough, I love many many books in the YA and Adult fantasy and paranormal genre but I haven’t read many that are like the Walker Saga. I like Jennifer Armentrout, her books have some similarities.
If your Walker Saga was made into a movie, who would you choose for the starring roles?
….. Oh sorry about that, I was daydreaming about actually seeing my worlds in the movies. What a dream that would be. The Walkers would the hardest roles to fill, they are so tall, gorgeous and larger than life. It would take a certain person to capture that arrogance ;). I have never thought about who would be in the starring roles, I might do some research and see what I find.
What drew you in to the romance genre?
I LOVE love. Come on, who doesn’t? Yes, most of us have been burnt, but I wouldn’t change those early days with all the crazy euphoric feelings for anything. Where you felt as if you would die without that other person. It made me feel alive and to this day, love is still one of the only emotions that can really change a person.
Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
I enjoy paranormal romance, but ultimately there has to be romance in any book I read. It doesn’t have to be insta-love or crazy soul mate (although that’s my favourite), but I have to see that there is potential for lasting love.
Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
I have two daughters, 2.5 years and 9 months, and I write my books one handed on the laptop only during the period my youngest daughter naps on me. That’s it! haha hard to believe I have written much this year, but I ended up releasing five books in my first year of being published. So I can’t complain.
What do you do to help with writers block?
I write! Sounds stupid, I know, but I just write down anything. Most of it’s crap and couldn’t be used, but sometimes in that crap there is a gem and the more I write out my block, the easier it gets to be able to always write. No matter what is happening in my life.
If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be? Fast paced, fun.
If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
Too many. I enjoy Jennifer Armentrout’s work. JR Ward, LK Hamilton, and on and on.
If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
Action, adventures and romance; fast paced with kick-ass heroines who don’t need to be saved, but enjoy their alpha males anyway.